We went out with a fellow BF rider and some cycling club mates for a total of 66 miles and over 4000' of climbing. Temps were 39-42, fog was low and wet, and our BF buddy had a flat. However, the company was good, the ride challenging (a certain stoker forgot to bring enough food ) especially on the descents, and starting the year with a metric century + feels awesome!
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Did 64 miles. Started with my club, rode the "hilly" part by myself, and then caught on to the big New Year's Day ride heading home. Last 20 miles were at 25-30 MPH. Was very foggy and 45 ºF at the start and hazy sunshine and 55 ºF when I got home.
Rode for a couple of hours in sunny, 40 degree weather. Very enjoyable but the low angle of the sun this time of year makes visibility poor at times. The bike paths were strewn with sweet gum tree balls after high winds yesterday. Had to be very careful not to wash out on those things. I didn't realize we had so many sweet gum trees.
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Got in 38 miles today. Rode from home to a 24 mile event ride then back home afterward. Weather was ok, 26 degrees with 25 mph winds. The 7 miles back home was sweet with a tail wind and lots of energy, for a good while I was in 50x12 @ 84/ 90 cadence.
A chilly hour and a half of mountain biking followed by the true traditional meal of blackeyed peas and collard greens (with cornbread, rice and macaroni & cheese). Never heard anything about cabbage. Yech!
Oops. No ride here but congrats to all of you who have.
Worked a "Short staffed" 12 hour shift last night, shoveled 11.5" of snow off the driveway and walk today, working again tonight. I've still got a job at least.
Hoping to get a ride in soon as it's been quite a long time since my last one, partly due to not being in the mood and partly being snowed in. We recieved 46.2" of snow this December which is a record for us. Snowiest December since 1884 when we started keeping records of important things like snowfall and temps. and such. Folks living near main roads have a better shot at riding during snow events as the main raods get a lot of snow removal attention. I'm in an area of the city where 4 X 4's and snow plows get stuck on poorly maintained roads. So I shovel the snow and consider that cross training. I still get my fresh air so I guess it's not so bad. Good news is the snow is supposed to stop for a few days.
Two of the three daughters will be back to their homes away from home by tomorrow evening so there will be more discretionery time for riding. If I get a nice sunny spell I'll grab the Canon and post in the pic. thread.
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I did 85 miles with 6500 feet of climbing on the New Years Day ride. My 10th consecutive one. Some snow and ice on the road up on Mt Wilson but it was a beautiful day, the warmest NYD ride ever! If you saw any of the Rose Parade or the Rose Bowl, we were in those mountains near there. http://www.socalcycling.com/Group%20...l/MtWilson.htm
Didn't have black eyed peas, etc., but that sounded wondeful BD. I had some chicken noodle soup, rice and home made tamales, followed by some home made banana cake with cream cheese frosting.
To start the new year with something scenic (or at least quirky) I decided to start in downtown Omaha and cross the Missouri River on the new $20 million Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This puts you in the town of Council Bluffs, Iowa with about a 12 mile ride on their MUP to the trailhead for the Wabash Trace Trail, which goes down to Missouri. The Council Bluffs MUP is kind of interesting, passing by a municipal golf course where the golf clubhouse has become a "biker bar" of sorts. Then the MUP passes through the parking garage of Harrah's Casino, on down by another casino, along an industrial road shoulder, through a small wooded area, by a big kids' sports complex, and then passes briefly through a trailer court before coming back out along a creekbank levy. Down the levy a couple miles south a bridge takes you into Lake Manawa State Park... and a nice woodsey four or five miles is left to the Wabash trailhead. In these woods I had to turn back due to icy conditions, but I filled out the ride with some exploratory time on the CB MUP that I had not seem before. Total=26 miles today.